This 2004 Topps Chrome Jason Michaels was an easy buy at 15 cents. I may have the base card somewhere but I know I don't have the Chrome. Baseball is supposed to be a game. Nothing wrong with a little whimsy.
The next two cards go into my Jewish athletes collection. "The Baseball Talmud", ranks Shawn Green as the fourth greatest of all-time behind, Greenberg, Koufax, and Boudreau. This 1995 Pinnacle rookie card was 6 cents.
Blomberg is notable for being MLB's very first designated hitter, back in 1973. In 2007 he managed the Beth Shemeth Blue Sox in the short lived Israel Baseball League. I also like this card for it's depiction of the terrible Bill Veeck "softball" uniform (no shorts, though). Of the seven cards this was the oldest and priciest at 23 cents.
Sight unseen I'd pay 11 cents for a Jim Walewander card, wouldn't you? Then look at the guy. Awesome! Looks like an accountant. No surprise then that he ended up getting an MBA. On a more personal note, he was born in my home town of Chicago and went to high school in the nearby suburb of Park Ridge. On top of all that the guy was reportedly a bit of an eccentric and fan favorite. I may have to start a Walewander collection.
I could look him up and pretend I know something but honestly I chose this card because I don't think I own a card of anyone else named Zigmund. And I like the Gorton's fisherman sweater.
I couldn't pass up a nice Todd Helton for 11 cents.
Oops. Posted this without mentioning Jon. He won two championships after his appearance on this card. Maybe not a Hall of Fame career but a really solid player.